Superior Support for New JIRA 5 Platform, Social Features
Fremont CA – February 22, 2012—Zephyr, the industry’s leading provider of real-time test management, today announced the release of Zephyr Enterprise Edition 4.0. Building on four years of innovation, Zephyr delivers real-time test management solutions for global teams. More than 300 enterprises manage their testing using Zephyr because of the significant impact a real-time test management solution brings to product quality, project visibility, and development productivity.
From a host of performance upgrades to enhanced defect filing, linking, and tracking, Zephyr’s Enterprise Edition is perfect for departments and enterprise who have multiple projects in parallel, run a lot of automation, and need a centralized location for manual and automated testing. Zephyr’s close working relationship with Atlassian has enabled them to incorporate many significant capabilities in this release. As a featured Atlassian Partner, Zephyr’s full 2-way integration has been upgraded to use the new JIRA 5 platform that was announced earlier today. Aligned lockstep with JIRA’s release schedule, Zephyr’s integration approach provides better stability and reliability with future versions of JIRA and is also backwards compatible with JIRA 4.x.
“Zephyr’s Enterprise Edition not only scales beautifully for our globally distributed project teams, it is a must have for any company who has standardized on JIRA,” claims Wendy Zhao, Head of Middleware Services for Newedge, a leader in global multi-asset brokerage. “The real-time reporting provides an always-on picture of each projects progress, allowing us to prioritize defect resolutions and view historical testcases.”
Among Enterprise Edition 4.0 newest and most exciting features include.
- Support for Activity Streams in JIRA 5 enables real-time updates to JIRA from Zephyr, allowing the larger project team to be automatically notified of major testing activities. The activities shared from Zephyr include creation of testing projects, testing releases/sprints/iterations and the start of test executions cycles. These are displayed in JIRA 5’s activity streams and dashboards.
- Support for Remote Issue Links in JIRA 5 map Zephyr test executions to JIRA issues and allows JIRA users to immediately know which testcases in Zephyr are being affected by an issue. This real-time update provides test execution statuses for defects. This significantly improves efficiency by allowing users to easily navigate from one system to the other.
- Enhanced defect filing, linking and tracking enables filing new and mapping existing defects in JIRA or Bugzilla. An enhanced interface makes it easier to file new defects into JIRA and Bugzilla from a test execution as well as associate existing defects to that execution. These new capabilities provide a real-time view of issues, more relevant traceability reports, while making it easier to manage, search, add or delete new and existing defects. The new backlink in filed defects allows users to jump back to a specific testcase in Zephyr providing yet another way to integrate defects and testcases and toggle from one to the other.
“More and more enterprises like Newedge are deploying Zephyr’s Enterprise Edition and delivering high quality software,” said Keith Cook, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Zephyr. “Enterprise Edition 4.0 provides yet another reason for globally distributed teams to move away from costly, aging legacy applications and embrace the power of the cloud, enhanced integrations, real-time metrics, and an affordable licensing model.”
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Zephyr is a leading provider of on-demand, real-time enterprise test management solutions, offering innovative applications and unparalleled, metrics based visibility via real time dashboards into the quality and status of software projects. The feature rich solution addresses today’s dynamic and global needs across a variety of industries including finance, healthcare, mobile, IT services, and enterprise software. Zephyr’s global customers experience improved productivity, faster time to market and dramatic cost savings. For more information, please visit www.getzephyr.com.